We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In New England, you can still see some old tumbledown icehouses around. Household refrigerators were not in common use until the late 1920s. It was iceboxes until you could afford an electric refrigerator. A properly-built icehouse could store ice for over a year.
In the old sanitary/public health engineering text books there is always at least one chapter on river and lake ice and how to ensure its purity. The chapter also usually include some advice on the design and operation of icehouses.
Our ice manufacturing business is 101 yrs old with the 4th generation fully operating it. Although we are one of the last block ice plants left in New England, the business is not what it used to be - so we started a brewery! Some breweries had ice houses attached to them along the distribution route, but we seem to have done it backwards! Nothing like an ice cold beer!